COVID-19 Updates Learn More
COVID-19 Updates

Return to School and COVID-19 updates

If you have questions about COVID-19, call the Illinois Coronavirus hotline 800-889-3931 or send an email to: [email protected] 

Stay up to date with Glenbard information by subscribing to Glenbard News here

Student Supports and Resources

Pandemic Planning Committee

COVID-19 Dashboard


Superintendent outlines elements of framework for new school year
Posted 7/15/21

I trust you are enjoying the summer days with your family and friends and making time for some relaxation. I want to update you about three important items: 

  • The framework for 2021-22, as it responds to recently released guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Illinois Department of Public Health 
  • Free breakfast and lunch each day
  • Waiver of school fees

We are analyzing the recently released guidance from the CDC and state agencies. We are pleased to see that the guidance endorses a path for a full in-school experience for our students this fall.  However, we noted a lack of clarity in how the guidance should be implemented by local schools, specifically regarding the wearing of masks, social distancing, and quarantine requirements.  We will continue to update you when new information is available. For now, please be apprised of the following information:

The CDC’s updated COVID-19 guidance for schools explicitly allows schools to lift mask requirements indoors for students and staff who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and generally allows schools to decide where and how masking fits with their mitigation strategies. Individuals are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after their final dose of the vaccine. The CDC says individuals who are not vaccinated should wear a mask while at school. 

Activities this summer, including meetings and summer school, will adhere to the new CDC guidelines for schools as well as updated Illinois Department of Public Health guidance and Illinois State Board of Education guidance.

Here are some key elements of our framework for the 2021-22 school year:

  • We are excited to return to our fully in-person, 8-period day, including clubs, sports and activities.
  • We join health experts in encouraging people to be vaccinated against COVID-19 We continue to partner with local agencies as vaccination clinics are coordinated and add them to this list and Glenbard News.
  • In accordance with guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health, unvaccinated staff and students should wear masks that cover their nose and mouth. Fully vaccinated staff and students may choose to wear a mask, but it is not required. 
  • While the CDC and IDPH note that unvaccinated students should wear masks indoors, the guidance is not a mandate for schools to require students to wear masks.  Given the current metrics in DuPage County, mask use will be optional for students and staff. This could change if our area sees an increase in cases or the guidance from the DuPage County Health Department, IDPH, or CDC changes.
  • All students riding the bus will be required to wear masks on the bus.
  • We will adhere to 3-foot social distancing as much as possible throughout the day, including in classrooms and corridors.
  • Students and staff should monitor any symptoms for signs of illness each day. Symptom screening will continue each morning prior to entering the buildings. Anyone who is not feeling well should stay home.
  • Students and staff will be expected to adhere to handwashing and appropriate social distancing. 
  • We will continue to adhere to CDC mitigation guidelines for ventilation in our buildings. 
  • COVID-19 testing is readily available throughout the community, including from doctors, pharmacies and the DuPage County Health Department. We will continue to share resources with the community to be sure individuals who need or want testing are aware of resources. 
  • If a student is medically ineligible/unable to attend school, parents/guardians can work with their medical doctor to apply for homebound instruction. The Illinois State Board of Education’s application form is available here.
  • If a student is quarantined, their teacher will provide them with lessons and instructional materials via Schoology, our learning management system, and increased tutoring availability.

Thank you for your partnership, patience and understanding as we continue to diligently interpret and implement the national and state guidelines. 

Free Breakfast and Lunch Each Day
During the 2021-22 school year, we will provide free breakfast and lunch to all students each day under the Seamless Summer Option program. A complete meal as defined by the USDA guidelines will be offered free of charge. 

A la carte items such as chips, cookies, etc. will be available for purchase. Students will be able to purchase items using cash, MySchoolBucks funds, or debit and credit cards.

All students served will need to scan their IDs so meal transactions are reported to the state. 

Families do not need to complete an application to receive free or reduced meals at school during the 2021-22 school year.  However, families are encouraged to complete the application in order to be eligible for Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) benefits. Applications can be found at this link.

P-EBT provides benefits to families with children who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals under an approved USDA meal service program. More information on P-EBT is available here.

Waiver of School Fees – Expanded Eligibility
Families that receive SNAP, TANF or Income Eligible Medicaid that received a letter indicating they are directly certified by the state will receive a waiver of school fees for the 2021-22 school year. In order to qualify for a waiver of school fees, families not notified of being directly certified will need to apply for the waiver and meet the household income eligibility requirements. 

In an effort to provide our families who are facing extraordinary economic challenges with financial relief, we have doubled the range of income eligibility for school fee waivers for the 2021-22 school year. Families with household incomes double the current federal income eligibility guideline of 130% (now 260%) will now qualify for our school fee waivers. For example, a household of six with an income of $92,508 would now qualify for a school fee waiver for the 2021-22 school year.

Information regarding expanded eligibility and the application process, including the paper application, is located at this link. Eligible families are encouraged to apply for the fee waiver. This is the first year the online application process via PowerSchool is available. Check out a step-by-step video at this link. If a family applies for a waiver of school fees, they must also sign up for our 8-payment plan. For help setting up a payment plan, please click here.

Please note that families who pay school fees and are subsequently approved for fee waivers, will receive a refund. Families do not need to take any action to receive a refund. Please allow approximately 60 days for payments to be processed. 

There is a lot going on as we prepare for the new school year. We will keep you apprised as new information becomes available. In the meantime, enjoy summer.

David F. Larson, Ed.D.
Superintendent


We are reviewing updated guidance from CDC and IDPH
Posted 7/9/21
Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidance that allows schools to lift mask requirements indoors for students and staff who are vaccinated against COVID-19, and the Illinois Department of Public Health announced it is fully adopting the CDC’s updated guidance for COVID-19 prevention in K-12 schools. The updated school guidance is available at this link.

State Superintendent of Education Carmen Ayala said all Illinois schools will use the CDC guidance released today to start the 2021-22 school year. You may read more in IDPH’s press release.

We are reviewing the guidance and will communicate with staff and families when additional information is available.

Superintendent shares info about state guidance, homebound services
Posted 6/29/21

Dear Glenbard families,

As we prepare for the 2021-22 school year, we are excited about returning to a full, 8-period day with in-person instruction each day. We will offer full academic and extracurricular programming. We anticipate some of our students will need academic and social-emotional support, and we have a wide variety of support available to our students. Our faculty and staff are committed to a smooth transition to in-person learning and ensuring that each student feels safe, supported and ready to learn.

Engaging lessons, active learning
While livestreaming from the classroom was necessary for many months, it inhibited activity in the classroom. There will be no livestreaming in the new school year. It’s important to have full interaction among students and teachers in the classroom and interactive hands-on learning. We’re looking forward to students collaborating, participating in labs and creating things in the classroom. Our teachers do a great job of fostering a sense of community in our classrooms, and we’re excited about returning to engaging lessons and active learning. 

State guidance
The safety of students and staff will remain our highest priority, and we will continue to follow state officials’ guidance. Current guidance says masks will be required in schools in the fall, as well as social distancing where possible. I am in weekly conversations with county and state officials and am advocating for state officials to provide detailed plans for the new school year. See a letter to state officials at this link. We need details in order to address the state’s mitigations, which affect our operations and staffing levels. We will send information to families and staff when we receive more details from the state.

Guidance regarding masks
According to the Illinois State Board of Education, per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidance for Operating Youth Camp, fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks indoors or outdoors at camp. For now, masks are still required in schools for all staff and students. Masks can be removed for outdoor activities and classes.

Therefore, for the time being, all indoor activities that take place in a school building must require masks for all participants, staff and visitors, except when contraindicated by IHSA guidelines for competition. 

If the activities take place outdoors, mask-wearing guidelines will adhere to Illinois Department of Public Health and CDC guidelines.  Masks are not required for any individuals during competition.

Requesting homebound services for 2021-22 school year
A family who is interested in requesting homebound services for the 2021-22 school year should follow the process described by the Illinois State Board of Education in this link. A physician licensed to practice medicine would need to sign, indicating that the student has a medical need (that keeps them from coming to school) and is eligible for homebound services.

  • What form should be completed?
  • When should I submit this request?
    • We request this information be submitted by July 16, 2021, to be sure the schools have adequate time to plan for each student’s needs.

Quarantine and vaccinations:

  • What should I do if my student develops symptoms (feels sick)?
    • If a student is symptomatic (feeling ill), they should stay home. It is necessary for all families in Glenbard to do this so we can maintain a healthy environment.  Depending upon the updated guidance from health officials, a student may need to wait until they are symptom-free for 24 hours and provide some other type of evidence to return to school.
  • If someone is vaccinated, will they be quarantined?
    • If a person is a close contact with a person who has COVID-19 but is not symptomatic (feeling sick), NO. DuPage Health Department updated recommendations.
    • A parent would need to choose to share proof of their student’s vaccination status for this to occur.
    • If public health officials update or change this, we will inform families.
  • If someone is NOT vaccinated, will they be quarantined?
    • If a person is a close contact with a person who has COVID-19, YES.
    • If public health officials update or change this, we will inform families.
  • How long does quarantine last?
    • According to the Illinois Department of Public Health and DuPage County Health Department, quarantine is 14 days (could be longer depending on symptoms).
    • If public health officials update or change this, we will inform families.

We are looking forward to the new school year and excited about our students, faculty and staff reconnecting. For now, though, I trust you are enjoying summer with family and friends.

Sincerely,
David F. Larson, Ed.D.
Superintendent 

Two additional COVID-19 vaccine clinics available to those 16 and older
Posted 4/23/21
Health department taking appointments for COVID-19 vaccine next week
The DuPage County Health Department will host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic next week. Students age 16 and older may make an appointment to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. There are appointments at 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, April 26 through 30, and there are appointments on Saturday, May 1. The Pfizer vaccine will be administered during this vaccination clinic at the DuPage County Fairgrounds.

Call 331-251-8609 to make an appointment. Calls will be answered 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday until all slots are full.

Glendale Heights taking appointments for COVID-19 vaccine clinic
Glendale Heights will host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 30, at the Sports Hub, 250 Civic Center Plaza Glendale Heights. The Pfizer vaccine will be administered. Appointment required. Schedule at https://tinyurl.com/4-30GHvaccine

Who qualifies? Every 16 year old and older Illinois resident, regardless of insurance or immigration status. Individuals who are 16 and 17 must have parent/guardian consent.  Shot 2 will be automatically scheduled for Friday, May 21, at the same location.

COVID-19 vaccination clinics in our area
Posted 4/22/21
The following are COVID-19 vaccination opportunities in our area. We will update the information as new vaccination opportunities become available. Also, check statewide vaccination locations at this link.

April 24 in Addison
COVID-19 vaccine clinic for students age 16 and older set for April 24 in Addison
DuPage High School District 88, in partnership with Broadway Medical Center, is hosting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for high school students from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 24, in Addison. Our students who are 16 or older are invited to participate. The only requirement is that individuals were born on or before April 24, 2005 (16 years of age or older). Anyone younger than 18 will require parent/guardian consent prior to receiving the vaccine.

Register at this April 24 Vaccine Clinic Registration Link. Clinic details are in the online registration form.

Broadway Medical Center will be administering the Pfizer vaccine from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 24 at Addison Trail High School, 213 N. Lombard Road in Addison.

April 24 in Glendale Heights
COVID-19 vaccine clinic on April 24 in Glendale Heights for those age 18 and older
Glendale Heights will host a COVID-19 vaccination event for Illinois residents 18 and older from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 24, at the Sports Hub, 250 Civic Center Plaza in Glendale Heights.

Registration is required. Register at this link

The Moderna vaccine will be administered. Only first dose appointments. After receiving your first dose of the vaccine, you will be automatically scheduled for your second dose. Date for your second dose of the vaccine will be mentioned on spot after you receive your first dose.

Superintendent announces return to in-person 8-period day five days per week
Posted 3/12/21
Great news:  I am excited to let you know that we will return to our traditional in-person five days per week, 8-period day schedule on Monday, April 5. We are eager to welcome students back for full-day in-person learning, five days per week. Early next week, your principal will send you details about our return to fully in-person learning. Know that families who want their students to remain in our remote learning model will have that option. All classes will continue to be livestreamed.

Starting on April 5:

  • We return to our pre-pandemic 8-period day schedule.
  • Lunch will be served. Although the 50-person indoor limit has been revised, we still must maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet when people are eating.
  • Buses will run their usual routes and schedules.
  • We will no longer have Hybrid A, B and C groups; these students will become in-person students on April 5.
  • Classroom layouts will be altered to reflect the new capacity guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health.
  • Families who want their students to remain in our remote learning model will have that option. All classes will continue to be livestreamed.

We developed our versatile schedule to be flexible and enable us to make this positive shift so that all students could maintain their courses and teachers regardless of the learning mode they have chosen.

Revised state guidance
Updated guidance from health officials allows us to pivot back to our traditional schedule, while still following safety mitigations. On March 9, the Illinois Department of Public Health and Illinois State Board of Education released Revised Public Health Guidance for Schools. The new guidance includes this significant change:

  • Social distancing decreases from 6 feet to 3 feet for students and fully vaccinated staff, increasing classroom capacity.

The safety of our students and staff is our No. 1 priority. We will continue to work closely with health officials and follow safety mitigations, which include:

  • Consistent and correct use of face masks
  • Social distancing
  • Hand hygiene
  • Cleaning protocols
  • Contact tracing in collaboration with the DuPage County Health Department
  • Saliva screening program
  • Self-certification of symptoms
  • Temperature scanning

Partnership with GEA and AFSCME
Throughout the pandemic, we have expressed the desire to return to our 8-period schedule 5 days a week when the guidance and the science permitted us to do so.  The safety of our students and staff has always been at the forefront of our decision making process.  We are pleased that the Glenbard Education Association (GEA) and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1970 are firmly in support of today’s announcement.

GEA president Kevin Sutton said, “”Our teachers are proud to work in a district that follows the science and prioritizes the safety of its students, staff, and community while providing a high-quality education. We are excited to move closer to something resembling normal.” 

AFSCME Local 1970 president Viraj Dhebar said, “It now finally seems like there is light at the end of the tunnel in which we will carefully transition again to a full five-day in-person learning model. We are pleased this outcome will be reached in a safe and diligent manner.”

Encouraging health trend data
We are encouraged by the downward trend of health statistics that we have tracked for months, including the COVID-19 positivity rate in our area and the number of cases per 100,000 people. We are optimistic that with increased vaccination, these numbers will continue to decrease.

We are thrilled that many of our faculty and staff members have been vaccinated against COVID-19, and we are working to provide additional opportunities for the remainder of the staff to be vaccinated.

Next steps
Early next week, your principal will send you details about our return to fully in-person learning, including information if you want to change your teen’s learning model.

Additionally, there are a few changes to the previously released schedule.  Wednesday, March 17, will be an asynchronous learning day for students as staff will be working in Professional Learning Communities. April 14 and 15, which were scheduled to be testing days, are now full days of instruction, as ISBE has cancelled these tests. As planned, all juniors will attend school in-person on Wednesday, March 24, to take the Illinois Science Assessment and Tuesday, April 13, to take the SAT. Review our revised spring semester calendar. 

We will continue to offer free meal pickup for students in our remote learning model. Details about pickup times and dates will be announced soon.

There is a great deal of work to be done to reconfigure our buildings for the change.

We’ve anticipated this return to the 8-period day and will use the next two weeks and spring break to ramp up for it.

We are eager to return to our traditional in-person learning, five days a week and can’t wait to see our students on April 5.

Sincerely,
David F. Larson, Ed.D.
Superintendent

We are evaluating implications of state’s revised public health guidance for schools
Posted 3/9/21
Today, the Illinois State Board of Education and Illinois Department of Public Health announced Revised Public Health Guidance for Schools that supports returning to in-person instruction “as soon as practicable in every Illinois community.”

We are excited about the possibilities that these changes could bring to Glenbard. We are evaluating the implications of this announcement in our schools and will keep families and staff informed as further information becomes available.

Two important updates in the revised guidance are related to safe social distancing and capacity limits. The new guidance states that social distance for in-person learning is now three to six feet for students and fully vaccinated staff.  Regarding capacity, we were previously limited to 50 people in a space, no matter the size of the space. Now capacity is based on the number of people who can safely social distance within the space.

Other key safety mitigations of face masks, contact tracing, cleaning protocols and handwashing remain in place. Please watch for updates in Glenbard News.
Sincerely,
David Larson, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Superintendent outlines planning for 2021-22
Posted on 3/9/21
We know the 2021-22 school year will be a year like no other and we are preparing now for a successful return to full-day, in-person learning for our students. We are eager to see more of our students in the classroom and pursuing their passions in their classes and in extracurricular activities on campus. We plan to return to our pre-pandemic school schedule, where all eight periods meet five days a week.

The following is an outline of our draft plan for the 2021-22 school year that will continue to evolve as we receive guidance from health officials. Our preparations are based on assumptions that will continue to evolve. We anticipate we will receive new guidance from national, state and county health officials in the coming months and will adjust our plan as needed.

As conditions improve and our region moves into Phase 5 of the state’s Restore Illinois plan, schools will resume traditional operations with new safety guidance and procedures. We are developing our plan with the assumption that in 2021-22 safety mitigations will include wearing masks, temperature screening and increased school-wide cleaning. The well-being and safety of students and staff will remain our highest priority, and we will continue to follow public health officials’ safety guidance.

Our draft plan covers the following key areas:

  • Safety priorities
  • School day schedule
  • Welcoming back students to campus
  • Supports for students
  • Summer supports for students
  • Athletics, clubs and activities

This is our framework for right now, and we will develop it over time.

Community Input
We are committed to a transparent process that involves input from various stakeholders, local community experts and other government agencies. In the coming weeks, we will announce a series of town hall meetings to gather feedback. These will be followed by opportunities for future planning to engage our school community. We will continue to survey our students, families and staff for feedback about their current experience at school and their expectations for the future.

Timeline for Feedback and Plan Development 

  • March 2021 – Board of Education discussions and district-wide surveys for students, families and staff
  • April 2021 – town halls and announce, form and implement community engagement teams
  • May 2021 – Community engagement teams meet, plan and provide feedback
  • Summer 2021 – Finalize plans and communicate with stakeholders

Design Priorities for this Plan
The design priorities noted below will guide our planning teams. We will continue to follow public health officials’ safety guidance. Our draft plan is responsive to the contextual realities and needs of our community.

  • Community input on developing plans for the 2021-22 school year.
  • Supports for families/students include academic supports, financial assistance and access to food. Students and staff work together to address the academic needs and social emotional needs of each student.
  • Prioritizing equity and belonging by cultivating a Glenbard culture of inclusion, belonging and high achievement for every student
  • Focusing on our Profile of Graduate vision for teaching and learning. Our students will learn to communicate, collaborate, think critically, create, embrace diversity and be self-empowered.

Safety continues to be a major focus.  Because conditions continue to evolve, we will closely monitor health agency guidelines as we frame details of our plan for the fall and will make adjustments as needed.

Throughout our planning process, we will keep students, families and staff informed about our plan for the 2021-22 school year. I am eager to see the plan take shape.
Sincerely,
David Larson, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Superintendent outlines return to hybrid on Jan. 19
Posted 1/14/21
Many thanks to our students, parents, guardians and staff for their patience, flexibility and perseverance as we navigate through this challenging school year. We are looking forward to resuming our hybrid learning model on Tuesday, Jan. 19, and welcoming back students whose families selected in-person learning. For your convenience, please bookmark our 2021 second semester calendar.

Saliva Sample Analysis Program
We believe our saliva sample analysis program is an additional safety mitigation that is critical for us to return to our hybrid model and provide a safe school environment for students and staff. Students in the hybrid model must provide a weekly saliva sample for COVID-19 analysis.

SafeGuard Surveillance, LLC will analyze student and staff saliva samples for COVID-19.  If a sample indicates a potential presence of COVID-19, the individual will be referred to a CLIA-certified lab for a diagnostic test. CLIA is the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments to the Public Health Services Act. More information regarding our saliva sample analysis program is available in our FAQ here.

This week, we delivered saliva sample kits to the homes of students whose parents/guardians agreed to the Student Consent and Waiver in PowerSchool. The kits should arrive by Jan. 15 and will include instructions, small vials and small bags. It’s important that parents/guardians ensure their student provides a sample each week.

Our Safety Protocols
As we get ready to return to in-person learning, please review the following items to reacquaint yourself with our safety protocols:

  • Certifying Fever-Free, Symptom-Free

Prior to school, all parents/guardians of students under 18, or those students 18 or older, must electronically certify that they are fever-free with a temperature of less than 100.4 F and free of COVID-19 symptoms.  For those students who ride a bus, this certification must be shown to the driver prior to boarding.

  • Bus Transportation

Face masks must be worn at the bus stop and at all times on the bus.  Students should social distance on the bus to the greatest extent possible.  Windows should be open, when possible, to increase air flow.  Buses will be disinfected daily.

  • Temperature Screening at Entry to School

Upon arrival to school, all students will be queued in lines while maintaining social distancing. Face masks will be required to be worn at all times. Students must show the electronic certification that they are fever-free and symptom-free.  Upon entry to the building, all students will walk through a thermal temperature screening station monitored by security and an administrator.  Any student who displays a temperature of 100.4 or higher will be asked to step to the side to be screened by a school nurse.  If the fever is confirmed, students will be directed to a quarantine area and parent/guardian will be notified.

Once students safely pass through the screening process, students must go directly to their first class of the day. Hand sanitizer will be available in hallways to maintain appropriate hand hygiene.

  • Saliva Sample Program

Students and staff will receive kits that include small vials with a unique barcode sticker affixed, plastic bags and instructions for collecting saliva samples at home once a week. This is a quick process that involves depositing a saliva sample into the vial; putting the vial into a bag; and sanitizing the bag before returning it to a drop-off box at school each week. Names are not included with the samples.

Commitment to Safety
We are eager to return to our hybrid learning model. Working together and adhering to safety protocols are key to our ability to offer in-person learning. To slow the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wear a mask whenever outside your home or around people not from your household;
  • Watch your distance, staying at least 6 feet from people outside of your immediate household;
  • Wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer often;
  • Stay home if you are feeling ill;
  • Call your school’s health office if you have questions or concerns about your student’s health.

Thank you for your support and commitment to safety.

Sincerely,
David Larson, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Superintendent announces analysis for COVID-19 & Jan. 19 return to hybrid learning model
Posted 12/15/20
I’m excited to share with you a new approach that will allow us to return to our hybrid learning model. We are targeting Tuesday, Jan. 19, to resume our hybrid model. This opportunity involves a commitment to analyze student and staff saliva samples for COVID-19.

On Dec. 14, the Board of Education authorized Glenbard to move forward with a services agreement with SafeGuard Surveillance, LLC.  Under this agreement, SafeGuard Surveillance will perform an RT-LAMP surveillance analysis of saliva samples for COVID-19.  In the event a sample indicates a potential presence of COVID-19, the individual will be notified of “findings of potential clinical significance”.  Parents/guardians will not be contacted if the student receives a negative result.

This agreement allows us to implement this additional, important safety mitigation for our staff and students who participate in hybrid in-person learning and in-person extracurricular activities.  This safety mitigation is in addition to our current mitigations of self-certification of symptoms, temperature screening, wearing masks, maintaining social distancing, cleaning protocols and regular washing of hands.

Action Necessary
If you selected our hybrid model of in-person learning for second semester for your student, you must agree to the COVID-19 Student Consent and Waiver in PowerSchool.  This requirement also applies to students who are enrolled in remote only learning for second semester who participate in in-person extracurricular activities and athletics.

Parents/Guardians:

  1. Login to your PowerSchool account using a web browser and agree to the COVID-19 Student Consent and Waiver by Dec. 22.
  2. Make sure your student submits their sample weekly. This requires your student to deposit a small amount of saliva in a sterile container at home each week. We will provide the container, which is a small vial. The container should then be wiped clean; placed in a sealable plastic bag, which we will provide; and returned to school each week.

 Student identity data will never be shared with SafeGuard Surveillance.

Glenbard will:

  1. Mail surveillance kits home in January. Instructions will be provided in the kit. COVID-19 Student Consent and Waiver must be agreed to in PowerSchool by Dec. 22.
  2. Notify parents/guardians if the sample indicates a potential presence of COVID-19. We will notify “findings of potential clinical significance” and provide follow-up steps for you to take. We will not notify you if your student receives a negative result.

More information regarding this program can be found on our FAQ here.

Weekly Schedule
The weekly schedule below is the schedule we plan to follow; however, if we identify COVID-19 spread happening in our buildings, we may need to pivot back to fully remote learning to prevent a wider outbreak.  Our schedule provides a quality educational experience with direct instruction to students both in person and remote. Our teachers are livestreaming lessons and providing instruction and assistance each day. This is an optimal schedule for families who want their students in school, as well as those who prefer to have their students learning at home.

Weekly Schedule Second Semester

Return to Hybrid Learning Model on Jan. 19
We believe the saliva sample analysis mitigation is an additional tool for us to return to hybrid in-person learning. We plan to resume our hybrid learning model on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

We believe this additional safety mitigation is extremely important for us to continue providing a safe school environment for students and staff.  Many thanks for your continued support and commitment to safety.

Sincerely,
David F. Larson, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Second semester calendar, choice of hybrid or remote
As we look ahead to second semester, we are hopeful that we can shift to hybrid, and we will continue to offer families the option for fully remote learning. Our learning models are designed so that we can efficiently pivot in response to changing public health scenarios. 

Choose Hybrid or Remote Learning Model
If you want to change your student’s learning model (hybrid or remote) for second semester, log into PowerSchool and select either the hybrid or remote learning model for your student(s) by Sunday, Dec. 13. Please note that this choice would be for the entire second semester. If your situation changes after Dec. 13, please contact your student’s counselor. If you choose remote now and later want to switch to hybrid, that change is dependent on space availability.  

Calendar and Weekly Schedule
For your planning purposes, review the weekly schedule below and the  second semester calendar, which includes days off, livestream schedules and in-person days for Hybrid group A and B students.

Weekly Schedule Second Semester

These are the schedules we plan to follow; however, if health department data indicates deteriorating health conditions, we will revert to fully remote learning as needed. Know that we are in constant communication with health officials, and we closely monitor regional health data. We will keep you apprised of any changes.

When conditions improve and the governor moves us to phase 5 of the Restore Illinois plan, we are prepared to shift to our traditional learning model of full-day, in-person instruction. 

Safety Tips
Remember to:

  • Avoid large gatherings, especially indoors;
  • Wear a mask whenever outside your home or around people not from your household;
  • Watch your distance, staying at least 6 feet from people outside of your immediate household; 
  • Wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer often; 
  • Stay home if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been in close contact with a person infected with COVID-19; consult with your healthcare provider for medical evaluation and testing, as needed.


Superintendent message re: extending fully remote for all students
Posted 11/23/20

Dear Glenbard families,

I trust each of your families will enjoy the Thanksgiving break and have a chance to rest and recharge. I know the pandemic has been challenging and quality time with your loved ones will look different this year.  Many of us have experienced the devastating impact of COVID-19 in our lives. As the numbers sharply rise, the realities and dangers are very real.

The purpose of this letter is to inform you that we will need to extend our safety pause and continue with fully remote learning through the end of the first semester on Dec. 18.  As reflected by the increased cases noted below, it simply is not safe to return to our hybrid learning model.  Note that since my correspondence on Nov. 6, the number of cases per 100,000 has increased 74% (312 to 543) and the positivity rate has increased 37% (from 10.6 to 14.6). 

Graphs of COVID cases, positivity

Additional Important Information

  • All students will continue to experience quality instruction though our talented teachers’ livestream instruction.
  • Per the DuPage County Health Department COVID-19 School Metrics, the other health metrics continue to be at the Substantial (red) community transmission level.
  • The IHSA, for now, has postponed all indoor sporting activities, including any training and competitions.
  • Because of the state-wide shift to Tier 3 Mitigations on November 20, we are instituting a safety pause on indoor clubs and activities. Virtual activities and meetings are encouraged and may continue during this pause.
  • We will inform families by December 18 if we will be able return to our hybrid schedule in January 2021, the start of our second semester.

Final Exams
The end of the semester is usually reserved for final exam days; however, the instructional adjustments teachers made this semester have resulted in the need to adapt these assessments as well. As a result, Glenbard will not have a traditional final exam schedule. Instead, we will follow the regular weekly schedule and your student may encounter a variety of assessment experiences ranging from a final exam, a unit summative assessment, culminating project or no final. Teachers will communicate how first semester grades will be finalized.

Resources and Supports

  • Community Resources – a variety of resources for families to utilze
  • Free breakfasts and lunches are available for pickup at the main entrance to our four schools and the Glendale Heights Sports Hub. Meal pickup will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Students do not need to be present to receive meals. A parent/guardian may pick up the meals. No identification is necessary.

We recognize that this shift is challenging to many and that it has an impact on students and families. Please tap into the many academic and social-emotional resources that we offer. Please review your school’s document linked below for a list of support opportunities:

We also list a variety of resources in Glenbard News each week.

Fall 2020 Calendar
We will continue to follow the fall 2020 calendar. Please bookmark the calendar for your convenience.

Working Together to Reduce COVID-19 Spread
Our ability to return to our hybrid model in January depends on the status of COVID-19 in our community and the data we receive from health department officials. Please plan carefully and be cautious during the Thanksgiving weekend and the coming holidays.  Each of us plays a key role in turning around the COVID-19 numbers by following these key recommendations:

  1. Wear a mask whenever outside your home or around people not from your household;
  2. Watch your distance, staying at least 6 feet from people outside of your immediate household;
  3. Wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer often;
  4. Avoid large gatherings, especially indoors;
  5. Stay home if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been in close contact with a person infected with COVID-19; consult with your healthcare provider for medical evaluation and testing, as needed; and
  6. Get your flu shot, to prevent illness from influenza and to prevent possible co-infection from influenza and COVID-19. Information about free flu shots is here.

Review our COVID-19 dashboard for weekly updates. We will keep families appraised about the prospect of returning to our hybrid model. Our schedule, which allows both on-site and streaming access, is designed so that we can pivot between remote and hybrid learning models.

As always, many thanks for your patience, understanding, flexibility and commitment to safety.

Sincerely,
David F. Larson, Ed.D.
Superintendent

COVID-19 dashboard available
Posted 11/16/20
Our COVID-19 dashboard is here. It provides a summary of information regarding newly reported confirmed cases of COVID-19, newly quarantined individuals and DuPage County COVID-19 School Metrics, which include:

  • Illinois Department of Public Health county level risk metric color
  • New cases per 100,000
  • Weekly case count trend
  • Weekly youth (younger than 20) case count trend
  • Weekly test positivity
  • Neighboring/regional indicator level

We will update the dashboard each Monday that school is in session at approximately 4 p.m. Due to health privacy laws, personally identifiable information for COVID-19 positive individuals will not be shared.

Superintendent message re: shift to fully remote for all students
Posted on 11/6/20

Dear Glenbard families,

Many thanks for your support, flexibility and patience during these ever-changing times. I recognize that families are navigating through all sorts of issues, and that there is a great deal of uncertainty in our everyday lives. I appreciate the many ways you are helping your students.

As  we have been closely tracking the data from the DuPage County Health Department, we are alarmed at the rapidly increasing number of COVID-19 cases.  As of November 6, two of the key metrics — the positivity rate and the number of cases per 100,000 — are at an all-time high. 

Test Positivity for DuPage County
Test Positivity Rate on Nov. 6

Cases out of 100,000 for DuPage County
Cases Out Of 100K on Nov. 6

Taking a Safety Pause, Shifting to Fully Remote
Due to the alarming trends, beginning on Monday, Nov. 9, we will take a safety pause and shift to fully remote teaching and learning for all students. This pause will be for a minimum of three weeks. We will keep families appraised regarding the prospect of returning to our hybrid model. Our schedule, which allows both on-site and streaming access, is designed so that we can efficiently pivot to a safety pause scenario. Know that all students will continue to experience quality instruction through our talented teachers’ livestream lessons.

Additional Information

  • Over the last two weeks, we have had to quarantine 60 staff members and 232 students.  This is a 178% increase for staff and a 267% increase for students over the previous two-week period.
  • Also over the last two weeks, we have had 13 staff and 54 students reported as positive for COVID-19.  This is a 217% increase for staff and a 270% increase for students over the previous two-week period.
  • Note that per DuPage County Health Department COVID-19 School Metrics, other key health metrics have moved to substantial (red).
  • Know that many of our K-8 sender school districts may continue to offer in-person learning as they have smaller campuses with fewer students. They are able to structure smaller size cohort groups than a large, comprehensive high school, thus creating safer conditions for students. 
  • Since Sept. 30, we’ve had an increase from 25% to 43% of students district-wide choosing fully remote.
  • Free breakfasts and lunches will be available for pickup beginning Nov. 9 at the main entrance to our four schools and the Glendale Heights Sports Hub. Meal pickup will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays.  Students do not need to be present to receive meals. A parent/guardian may pick up the meals. No identification is necessary. 

Resources and Supports
We recognize that this shift is challenging to many and that it has an impact on students and families. Despite this frustrating and uncertain school year, we have worked diligently to provide students with an array of supports and opportunities. These include academic support periods, access to social emotional support, clubs and activities offerings. I encourage you to review your school’s document linked below for a list of these support opportunities and experiences and download it for future reference:

Fall 2020 Calendar
We will continue to follow the fall 2020 calendar. We suggest you bookmark the calendar for your convenience.

Six Ways to Reduce COVID-19 Spread
We hope to be able to return to our hybrid model as soon as it is safe. This will depend on the status of COVID-19 and the data we receive from health department officials. Next week, we will post a COVID-19 dashboard to our websites.

Each of us can take steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Health experts recommend:

  1. Wear a mask whenever outside your home or around people not from your household;
  2. Watch your distance, staying at least 6 feet from people outside of your immediate household; 
  3. Wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer often; 
  4. Avoid large gatherings, especially indoors;
  5. Stay home if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been in close contact with a person infected with COVID-19; consult with your healthcare provider for medical evaluation and testing, as needed; and 
  6. Get your flu shot, to prevent illness from influenza and to prevent possible co-infection from influenza and COVID-19. Information about free flu shots is here.

Share Feedback in Family Survey
We are working hard to ensure valuable learning experiences for all students and that connections between students and teachers continue. This week, our principals sent families a survey about their students’ learning experience. Please complete the survey by Nov. 12. 

We are confident in our hybrid and remote models. Students are engaged with their instructors in real time and they are supported by caring, knowledgeable faculty and staff. While school looks different these days, be assured well crafted teaching and learning is happening every day. Students are creating, communicating and thinking critically — they’re learning. Zoom breakout rooms allow small groups to collaborate, and students can meet in a breakout room one-on-one with an instructor or related services staff member for support.

If you have questions about what the shift to fully remote means to your student, please contact your student’s teachers or counselor. We will keep you updated when new information is available.

As always, many thanks for your patience, understanding, flexibility and commitment to safety.

Sincerely,
David F. Larson, Ed.D.
Superintendent

We are evaluating implications of governor’s announcement re: restrictions
Posted 10/20/20

Today (Oct. 20), Gov. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health announced that COVID-19 resurgence mitigations will be implemented in Region 8, which includes DuPage and Kane counties, and Region 7, which includes Will and Kankakee counties, beginning Friday, Oct. 23. State officials said both regions are seeing a 7-day rolling average COVID-19 test positivity rate of 8% or above for three consecutive days, which exceeds the threshold set for establishing mitigation measures under the state’s Restore Illinois Resurgence Plan. See the announcement here.

We are evaluating the implications of this announcement on schools. We will keep families and staff informed as further information becomes available.

To slow the spread of COVID-19, stay home when possible, hold activities outdoors and in small groups, and practice the 3Ws:

  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth when you are in public and around people who don’t live in your household;
  • Watch your distance to maintain at least 6 feet from others as much as possible; and
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer often.

Message from Superintendent David Larson
Posted 10/19/20

Many thanks to parents and guardians as we navigate through this unique and challenging school year.  This morning, we welcomed to school students who are in our hybrid model and continue to connect with those learning remotely. We will continue to offer both quality hybrid and remote learning models to our families. Teachers are livestreaming their lessons and providing instruction and assistance to both in-person and remote students simultaneously five days a week.

The safety of our students and staff remains our top priority.  We continue to strictly adhere to health safety protocols. Our four criteria for in-person learning include:

  • Health data
  • Staffing
  • Safety protocols and equipment
  • Quarantine restrictions

We feel confident that it is safe for students whose families chose our hybrid model to attend in person.

Note that the DuPage County Health Department’s guidance encourages school districts to follow their best models.

The upgrade of one of the county’s six metrics to substantial does not meet our criteria to shift back to fully remote. See our Learning Phase Transitions for details. We closely monitor the Health Department’s six metrics for schools, and I communicate with DuPage Health Department Executive Director Karen Ayala throughout each week.

Note that we have not been able to connect any positive COVID-19 cases as transmission in our high schools. The county continues to assure us that spread is not happening in schools. Schools are not contributing to the increase. The Health Department reports the majority of positive cases are related to community activities that do not adhere to key safety guidelines. According to Ayala and the Health Department, at this time, cases of spread are not occurring in DuPage school buildings.

Sincerely,
Superintendent David F. Larson, Ed.D.

Update re: transition to hybrid instruction on Oct. 19
Posted 10/5/20

Dear Glenbard families,

Thank you for your patience, understanding, flexibility and support in the past several weeks. I know this has been a challenging time for many.

After carefully assessing our four criteria for shifting to our hybrid model, we believe it is safe to transition to our hybrid in-person learning model on Oct. 19. The four criteria include health data, staffing, safety protocols and equipment and quarantine restrictions. Unless we confront an unforeseen situation or circumstance, we plan to be in our hybrid in-person learning model on Oct. 19. We are eager to welcome back to the classroom students who have chosen our hybrid model. For calendar information, see the link below.

Freshman/New Student Orientation Activities
Leading up to the Oct. 19 in-person learning start, each building will host orientation activities for freshmen and new students. Look for correspondence from your principal regarding specific details.

Orientation for Students with Highest Needs
Orientation for our students in Life Skills and Transitions programs will be offered prior to Oct. 19. Our supervisors will communicate details to families in these programs.

Families Still have the Option for Fully Remote
Our hybrid model combines in-person and remote learning. Taking this approach allows us to maximize social distancing and health and safety in our buildings, and allows families the option of fully remote learning. If a family previously chose our hybrid model and now wants to go with our fully remote model, they should make that request to their student’s school counselor.

In preparation for the return to in-person learning, we will have a planning day for teachers on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Note: there will be no school on Oct. 14.

The schedule on Oct. 15 will be livestream periods 1-4, and the schedule for Oct. 16 will be livestream periods 5-8.

Any district-wide students who are scheduled to take the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) on Oct. 14 at Glenbard East should still plan to be at East on Oct. 14 to take the exam.

Important dates:

  • Holiday, no school, Oct. 12
  • Institute Day, no school, Oct. 13
  • Teacher planning day, no school, Oct. 14
  • National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) at Glenbard East, Oct. 14
  • On-campus PSAT/NMSQT for juniors Oct. 17
  • On-campus SAT makeup test for seniors Oct. 27
  • Parent-teacher conferences via Zoom Oct. 28-29
  • Election Day, no school, Nov. 3
  • Athletic on-campus contact days, ongoing
  • Driver education behind-the-wheel started on Sept. 21.
  • Technology Center of DuPage (TCD) in-person hybrid started on Sept. 28.

Please review our first semester calendar here.

Safety Protocols
Safety is our top priority; safety underpins everything. As we return to in-person learning, we will implement the following protocols to protect the health and safety of our students, staff and families:

  • All students and staff will electronically certify that they have a temperature less than 100.4 F and are free of COVID-19 symptoms prior to entering the building. For those students who ride a bus, this certification will have to be shown to the driver prior to boarding.
  • All persons entering the building will go through the thermal temperature screening stations and must have a temperature of less than 100.4 F.
  • Face masks are required on the bus and in the buildings for the entire day.
  • Social distancing must be observed to the greatest extent possible while entering the building. Signage is located in hallways to encourage students to maintain social distancing during passing periods. Teachers will issue passes to students for restroom use during the class period, to promote social distancing in our restrooms.
  • Students and staff will be frequently reminded about the importance of proper handwashing.
  • We placed hand sanitizer throughout our buildings.
  • We have reconfigured each classroom with desks facing forward with 6’ separation and have placed excess furniture in storage.
  • We’ve installed Plexiglas barriers in high traffic offices and other areas.
  • Water fountains and vending service are shut down to minimize potential spread of the virus. Lockers will not be in use.
  • Each night and throughout the day, we have thorough cleaning of each facility. High touch areas will be disinfected during the day.

Review our FAQ for more information about the hybrid in-person learning model.

The health, safety, and well-being of our school community remains our top priority. We are following sound protocols aligned with health officials’ guidance. It’s important that we observe key health protocols: wear a mask, maintain social distancing, wash your hands frequently and stay home if you are experiencing any symptoms or suspect COVID-19 (ex: awaiting testing results).

I look forward to seeing our students in our buildings again soon.

Sincerely,
David F. Larson, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Recording of 9/24 webinar re: shifting to in-person learning
Posted 9/24/20

On Sept. 24, Superintendent David Larson hosted a webinar about the criteria that will determine our move to the in-person portion of our hybrid learning model. The webinar provided information about such matters as the class schedule, health department guidance and data, survey results and a typical routine of the school day during in-person learning.

Watch the webinar recording here.

Dr. Larson also has shared information about the four key criteria that will allow us to shift to our hybrid model:

  • Health data
  • Staffing
  • Quarantine restrictions
  • Safety protocols and equipment

Please review this FAQ document, which features questions and answers about the four key criteria and our move to in-person learning.

Webinar reminder, FAQ for return to in-person learning
Superintendent David Larson has shared information about the four key criteria that will allow us to shift to our hybrid model:

  • Health data
  • Staffing
  • Quarantine restrictions
  • Safety protocols and equipment

Please review this FAQ document, which features questions and answers about the four key criteria and our move to in-person learning.

After you review the FAQ document, if you have additional questions, please submit them through this Google Form by Wednesday, Sept. 23.

Reminder: On Thursday, Sept. 24, the district will host a Zoom Webinar to share information about our unique and challenging 2020-21 educational journey. The Webinar will answer questions about such matters as the class schedule, health department guidance and data, survey results and a typical routine of the school day during in-person learning. At 7 p.m. Sept. 24, join the Webinar here.

Webinar about hybrid model set for Sept. 24
Posted 9/18/20

While we are in the remote only portion of our hybrid learning model, we continue to carefully review criteria that would allow us to move to in-person learning. On Thursday, Sept. 24, the district will host a webinar to share information about our unique and challenging 2020-21 educational journey. The webinar will answer questions about such matters as the class schedule, health department guidance and data, survey results and a typical routine of the school day during in-person learning. At 7 p.m. Sept. 24, join the Webinar here.

On Sept. 21, families will receive an FAQ document that provides an overview of information about these areas, as well as a link to a Google Form. After you review the FAQ on Monday, if you have additional questions, you may submit them through the Google Form.

Larson: four criteria will determine shift to in-person learning
Posted 9/16/20

We continue to monitor DuPage County COVID-19 rates and metrics provided by the state and county health departments to determine when our in-person hybrid learning model can begin. Currently, the growing number of COVID-19 cases in DuPage is a major barrier to in-person learning. We are eager to have students return for in-person learning, but to do so safely, there needs to be a consistent downward trend in COVID-19 data. 

Each day, we continue to assess the health department metrics, along with the other three criteria areas noted below. We will appraise families regularly. 

There are four key criteria that will allow us to shift to our hybrid model:

  • Health data
  • Staffing
  • Quarantine restrictions
  • Safety protocols and equipment 

Health Data
Of the four criteria, current health data is an area of concern regarding our ability to return to in-person learning. According to the DuPage Health Department and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), DuPage is seeing trends that cause concerns. 

Now, more than ever, it is critical that each of us adheres to health officials’ guidelines:

  • Wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth
  • Maintain social distancing of six feet; and
  • Wash hands frequently.  

On Sept. 11, the IDPH placed DuPage in a warning category because of the number of new COVID-19 cases and the number of deaths. The IDPH threshold is 50 new positive cases per 100,000 people; however, in DuPage, cases have grown to 89 per 100,000 people. This trend has placed DuPage County in a cautionary position.  

On Sept. 14, the DuPage County Health Department released its Metrics for Schools, based on IDPH data. Of the six COVID-19 metrics the county is monitoring, five are trending upwards for this past week. Know that this alarming trend could be reversed if each of us adheres to health recommendations.  Wearing masks, social distancing and washing your hands are highly recommended precautions.  If you have COVID-19, please work with the local health department to isolate and/or quarantine to stop the spread. 

While the health data is alarming, the status for each of our other three criteria is at an acceptable level. 

Staffing
As part of our planning for a return to in-person learning, we have forecasted necessary staffing levels. We have specific staffing level targets for categories such as substitutes, additional supervisors, security, transportation, food service and custodial services.

  • Sufficient staff for student supervision is a key concern at this time.
    • While students won’t eat lunch in school, per safety precautions, they will have a lunch period. During this time, they can take advantage of various resources and supports. Student lunch room locations have been carefully assigned to comply with space limitations. 
  • Security staffing is at 50% of the staffing target. This remains a concern and we are working with the private contractor to increase these numbers.
  • We worked with our contracted food service, transportation and custodial service companies to ensure they would have sufficient staff when we return to in-person learning.  

Quarantine Restrictions
We are required to follow the strict guidelines for contact tracing if quarantine is required, per the DuPage County Health Department. The protocols for complying with contact tracing can be done efficiently and effectively if each of us complies with the safety protocols. Fewer individuals will be quarantined if each of us adheres to the safety protocols. Quarantine represents 14 or more days.  

Safety Protocols and Equipment

  • Building capacity plan is complete, by period and by classroom and other school venues
    • Our building administration continues to review and refine safety protocols.
  • Thermal temperature and self-certification screening technology is in place and functioning.
  • All directional and cautionary signs are in place.
  • Quarantine rooms are identified.
  • Contact tracing procedures are outlined and functioning.
  • Air quality has been thoroughly tested.
  • Personal protective equipment has been distributed:  disinfectant spray, sanitizer, masks (including N95 fitted masks for critical staff), gloves, Plexiglas barriers, electrostatic sprayer, etc.

How you can help
This week, three out of our four criteria are at an acceptable level. It is critical for each of us to be diligent regarding the health precautions. I am confident that our combined efforts will result in reducing the number of COVID-19 cases so we can safely launch our hybrid learning model soon.

Sincerely,
David F. Larson, Ed.D.
Superintendent 

Superintendent announces delayed start of in-person learning
Posted 8/31/20
Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank you for your support as we launched the fully remote school day. Our students are working hard, and our talented instructors have been nimble and resourceful in facilitating relevant and challenging learning experiences via livestream through our digital platforms and tools. The changes made to remote learning over the summer have resulted in a more engaging school experience for students. While we opened in remote, we also have worked diligently to develop processes and identify the staff needed to make our hybrid model successful.

While we take great pride in our carefully designed hybrid model, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the start of in-person learning (our hybrid model) due to the rising number of cases of COVID-19. We will continuously monitor COVID-19 rates and metrics provided by the state and county to evaluate when the Hybrid Schedule can start and will assess the metrics and re-evaluate every six weeks, the next will be on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. We will notify you regularly of any changes.  Information from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the DuPage County Department of Health indicate high COVID-19 rates.  This data includes the DuPage County Health Department’s Return to School Framework, rates in Glenbard communities that are continuing to climb, as well as the increasing numbers of new cases in the county.

Community Transmission of COVID-19
We monitor the COVID-19 situation both locally and nationally. DuPage County continues to have a growing number of cases of COVID-19 as seen in this DuPage Health Department summary. We are aware of individuals being infected at social gatherings in the community and then transmitting COVID-19 to others. Communities and schools that experienced increased COVID-19 cases have had to revert to increased restrictions and close schools after trying to open safely.  We can learn from these cases that our diligence and dedication to following all precautions in the community and in our day-to-day lives can have a direct impact on each other’s well-being and our collective desire to return to some level of in-person learning.

The trend of confirmed cases of COVID-19 within our communities. See below for an example of the increase in cases in our four largest communities in a five-week window.

Total Number of Confirmed Cases of COVID-19
Source: DuPage County Health Department

Date Glen Ellyn Glendale Heights Carol Stream Lombard
July 19, 2020 195 764 557 452
Aug. 26, 2020 428 865 758 684

If someone in your household is sick or awaiting COVID-19 test results, do not attend our athletic events or other school-related events and activities. We strongly urge families to not have social gatherings at their home or elsewhere in the community. We implore Glenbard families to strictly adhere to social distancing guidelines, wear a mask in public, wash their hands and stay home if they are sick to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and get us closer to offering in-person learning.

Feedback Form
As we continue to move forward with remote learning, we want to gather feedback regarding your experience, student experiences and staff experiences with our fully remote learning. We made substantial changes to our schedule, instruction and grading since our remote learning experience last spring and recognize that input from all stakeholders is needed in order to continue to improve remote learning.  Please take the time to share your feedback in this survey.

When it comes time to launch the hybrid schedule, we will continue to work hard to keep students and staff safe and engaged. Be assured that we are committed to safely providing the best possible learning experience for each student. Many thanks for your continued patience and support.

Sincerely,
David F. Larson, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Superintendent message about first day of school
Posted 8/14/20

Dear Glenbard families,

What a challenging year. Thank you for your support as we prepare for this year’s unique kickoff to the school year. Even in these difficult times, we are confident your student will have a quality, rigorous experience. The following is important information to be aware of regarding the first day of school. 

READY FOR THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL- for students and parents

School starts at 7:30AM on Monday, August 17, and all students are learning remotely until September 8. Students should log into Schoology on their Glenbard iPad before 7:30AM. Then, open your first period class and tap the link to the livestream video. If you do not see a link to the livestream, email your teacher.

Follow the schedule below:

School schedule for August 17

Things to do before school starts:

Students with technical difficulties may submit a technical help request online or call the technical support phone line at 630-942-7777. Then leave a message with your first and last name, school, ID number, call back phone number and a description of the issues. A tech support person will call you back during school hours. This is available in English and Spanish. 

Thanks again for your understanding and support. 

David F. Larson, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Information about using Schoology and PowerSchool
Posted 8/14/20

We know that families always want to stay in touch with student grades, attendance and assignments. This is even more important this year due to the changes in teaching and learning because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Families have two important tools for assessing information about your student’s progress and learning: PowerSchool and Schoology. Please make sure you know how to access these two important resources so you can stay up-to-date. Click here for more information and access instructions for PowerSchool and Schoology. 

PowerSchool: Every Glenbard family has a PowerSchool account. This is the account you used to register for school. Students and parents/guardians can view grades, scores, and schedules in PowerSchool. For easy access to this information, use the PowerSchool app on your phone. Click here for instructions on accessing the PowerSchool app (in English and Spanish).

Schoology is the heart of remote learning at Glenbard. Here teachers will post links to the live stream, along with assignments and learning materials. With your Schoology account, you will be able to view your student’s activity within Schoology, including the homework they have turned in, teacher feedback, due dates for future assignments and other important class information.


Superintendent announces adjustment to school reopening plan
Posted 8/3/20
Thank you for your understanding and patience during this unusual journey as we prepare to launch the school year. We believe our Hybrid model of instruction provides a strong academic experience for both in-person and remote learning. However, due to the complexities of launching this schedule, it has become necessary to proceed with launching Fully Remote livestream learning for all students on Aug. 17 and delaying the in-person/Hybrid model until Sept. 8. Reasons for this include the following:

  • We have been faced with the challenge of hiring levels of additional support staff necessary to sustain and operate a safe and healthy school day. Staffing issues include hiring those employees who will supervise students, ensure areas are appropriately cleaned and sanitized, and facilitate the appropriate routines and safety protocols.
  • We are working through our building capacity planning, which is contingent on our family survey. Specifically, how many families select Fully Remote learning for their students versus our Hybrid learning model.  Survey results were due August 2.
  • In addition, postponing the in-person portion of the Hybrid model allows faculty and students to carefully and effectively focus on becoming accustomed to the features of livestreaming instruction.
  • Lastly, we believe ensuring a safe and efficient educational day for our students and teachers requires significant detailed planning regarding the operations, functions and routines of the school day. The Sept. 8 start will provide the time to thoroughly prepare to ensure a safe, manageable and productive day for our students.

Our goal is to launch our in-person/Hybrid model on Sept. 8. You may review our Fully Remote and Hybrid models here.

Also, please review our FAQ regarding the 2020-21 school year and draft IHSA guidance for sports seasons.  When the final IHSA plan is approved, the modified fall sports season will begin regardless of the instructional model we are deploying.

While this is an adjustment to our plan, know that we are very confident with the features and options provided by our robust technology infrastructure. Teachers can livestream lessons and have the ability for all students to collaborate in Zoom breakout rooms. With iPads, Zoom, Schoology and other tools Glenbard has a complete digital classroom. Teacher-led instruction is provided according to the following schedule:

GLENBARD FULLY REMOTE SCHEDULE
MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
Period 1:  7:30-8:40 Period 1:  7:30-8:40 Period 1: 7:30-8:10

Period 2: 8:20-9:00

Period 6:  7:30-8:40 Period 6:  7:30-8:40
Period 2: 8:45-9:55 Period 2: 8:45-9:55 Period 3: 9:10-9:50

Period 4: 10:00-10:40

Period 7: 8:45-9:55 Period 7: 8:45-9:55
Period 3: 10:00-11:10 Period 3: 10:00-11:10 Period 5: 10:50-11:30

Period 6: 11:40-12:20

Period 8: 10:00-11:10 Period 8: 10:00-11:10
Period 4: 11:15-12:25 Period 4: 11:15-12:25 Period 7: 12:30-1:10

Period 8: 1:20-2:00

Period 5: 11:15-12:25 Period 5: 11:15-12:25
Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday 1:00-2:25: Students participate in additional learning activities via Schoology, attend teacher office hours, complete homework as assigned.

Zero hour does not meet at a specific time and these courses have learning activities available via Schoology.

Sincerely,
David F. Larson, Ed.D.
Superintendent


Recording of school webinars re: return to school
Each of our high schools hosted a webinar about our return to school plan. You may watch a recording of the webinar at the links below.

Glenbard East
Glenbard North
Glenbard South
Glenbard West

To offer feedback on the plan, use the Feedback Form.

Return to school webinar slideshow and video
Posted 7/29/20

Return to school webinar slideshow
Return to school webinar video en Espanol
Return to school slideshow presentation en Espanol 
Return to school parent feedback form

Principals to host family webinar re: return to school
Posted 7/28/20

This week, each of our principals will host a webinar designed to educate families about our return to school model of instruction for the fall semester. Details about the webinar, including a link to the webinar, are in the news feed on each high school’s website and at each school’s link below.

The webinars will be hosted at 6 p.m. on the following dates:
East – July 28

North – July 28

South – July 29

West – July 29

A copy of the presentation is here. Each webinar will be recorded each evening and a link to the recording will be shared with families after the webinar ends.

Helpful information to review prior to the webinar includes:

Glenbard School Day Plan for Families Link

FAQ Regarding 2020-21 School Year

Families may choose Fully Remote or Hybrid model July 27 – Aug. 2
Posted 7/25/20

Starting on July 27, families should follow the steps below to log into PowerSchool and choose either our return to school Hybrid model or Fully Remote model. The deadline to choose is Aug. 2.

Follow these steps to indicate your choice:

  • Login to PowerSchool with your parent account
  • Select Fully Remote or Hybrid in the pop-up window for each of your students
  • Deadline to choose Fully Remote is Aug. 2

Review our D87 Restore Illinois Phase 4 School Day Plan and a related FAQ.

Be sure to note the following important dates related to return to school:

  • July 27 – PowerSchool feature that allows parents/guardians to choose our Fully Remote Option goes live.
  • August 2 – Deadline for Fully Remote option students/families to indicate their choice in PowerSchool.
  • August 10 – Teachers return.
  • August 17 – First day for students.

Superintendent shares Restore Illinois Phase 4 School Day Plan
Posted 7/22/20

Restore Illinois Phase 4 School Day Plan

FAQ Regarding 2020-21 School Year

Dear D87 Parents and Guardians,   

I trust that you have been able to enjoy this summer despite the many challenges caused by the pandemic crisis. Many thanks for your patience and support as we have navigated through a challenging opening of the school year planning process due to slow, inconsistent and sometimes confusing guidelines and mandates distributed by state agencies.

After a careful and intentional design process, we are confident that the D87 Restore Illinois Phase Four 4 School Day Plan will meet the needs of all students and families. See the D87 Restore Illinois Phase Four 4 School Day Plan and FAQ.  The plan includes the following strengths and advantages:

  1. Key steps, structures and processes built into the school day to adhere to mandated health and safety guidelines of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and DuPage County Department of Health.
  2. While managing and limiting high numbers of students within the building, the redesigned schedule prioritizes teacher-led instruction.
  3. Families who choose the fullyremote online learning option will benefit from the same amount of teacher-led instruction as those participating in the hybrid option. 
  4. There are allotted times for students to receive additional  support, help and resources.
  5. The plan positions D87 to pivot and shift quickly, between hybrid and fully remote online learning,even by the August 17 start of school date, should that be necessary.

Parents and guardians of each D87 high school will have the opportunity to hear an overview of the plan in a webinar format at the following times:

Glenbard East   – Tuesday, July 28, at 6 p.m.
Glenbard North – Tuesday, July 28, at 6 p.m.
Glenbard South – Wednesday, July 29, at 6 p.m.
Glenbard West – Wednesday, July 29, at 6 p.m.

Directions or Transition programs – it is recommended that you join one of the webinars listed above. Directions Principal Raquel Wilson or Transition Supervisor Dawn Langdon will contact you separately to gather input/feedback on the 2020-21 plan.

After the plan is reviewed during the webinar, there will be an opportunity for parents and guardians to submit questions and ideas that will help in future planning and additions to the FAQ.

Your principal will send a follow-up email with access information for your school’s webinar. 

Important dates: 

August 2 – Deadline for Fully Remote Option students/families to notify district
August 10 – Teachers Return
August 17 – First Day for Students

We understand the difficult decisions, adjustments and sacrifices that everyone needs to make as we face down the pandemic. We appreciate your support and understanding. We will get through this together.

David F. Larson, Ed.D.
Superintendent